Ashington sign Gunn from Ryton & Crawcrook Albion

Ashington FC have signed Scott Gunn from Ebac Northern League second division outfit Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.

And the midfielder or striker will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s derby clash against Bedlington Terriers at Welfare Park.

Hexham-born Gunn, a student at Northumbria University, said he cannot wait to start his career with the Colliers.

The 20-year-old, who had been with the Kingsley Park side for just over two years, said: “Ashington are a good club in the first division of the ENL, which was important for me, so I hope to kick on.

“I was impressed with the facilities at Woodhorn Lane whilst the players have been spot on and the training good.

“At Ryton we were also recently hampered by the weather, which forced matches to be called off, and although we had a couple of friendlies it is not the same.”

Ashington boss Steve Harmison welcomed the newcomer and gave a glowing tribute to the Tyne and Wear side.

“It was refreshing to sit opposite Scott then show him around the club,” said the boss.

“Scott came to training and we talked about what our club can be for him and he didn’t think twice about signing.

“He was brilliant, but full credit to Ryton who waived the seven days notice of approach.

“Scott is an enthusiastic young lad who needed to take the next step.

“He’s very good friends with the Craig Robson, who played for Ashington and who has just taken over the manager’s job. And to be honest, Craig has probably swung the transfer for us by telling him that we are a decent club to play for.

“Scott played the whole of the friendly game against Seaton Delaval Amateurs last weekend and will be in the squad at Bedlington.”

Meanwhile Harmison was also delighted to see James Taylor back on the field after a prolonged absence through injury.

“To see someone like James come back after being out for ten months is not only excellent news for Ashington FC but more importantly for the lad himself,” he said.

“We will try and manage him to get him up to speed for fitness and to play whilst there are boxes which James will have to tick for himself.”